Federer continues his ridiculous stretch of winning tennis, as he's lost just two matches since the 2017 US Open and has won 10 straight sets. After a short delay to start the first set, they managed to play until the skies blackened and the heavy rains came in the second.
Twelve times grand slam champion Djokovic, who was seeded 10th, acknowledged his poor performance.
Federer and 10th seed Djokovic both came into the tournament seeking to become the first six-time victor of the event.
Federer's victory came after Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel stunned five-time champion Novak Djokovic, who was playing his first match since undergoing an elbow procedure. Federer took six months off at the end of 2016. Federer, who earned his fifth title at Indian Wells past year, saved a set point in the second-set tiebreaker and advanced on Monday to face Filip Krajinovic on Tuesday.
"I was playing aggressive and feeling like he was not loving my slice, and then also mixing in with drop shots eventually", Federer said afterwards".
Having lost seven games in a row, Krajinovic finally got on the board again with a hold for 3-1 in the second.
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"I can't believe I beat someone like (Djokovic) on center court like this, it's pretty insane", Daniel said.
Federer will meet France's Jeremy Chardy in the round of 16, who earlier eliminated his compatriot Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 4-6 and 6-1. "Very weird", Djokovic said.
Likewise, 23rd-seeded Hyeon Chung of South Korea dispatched 12th-seeded Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4, despite 12 aces against just one double fault from Berdych.
"Look, still such early stages for Novak coming back and the first one after surgery. He's only going to get better from here", concluded the world number one.
In other third-round matches, No. 7 Caroline Garcia of France beat 26th-seeded Daria Gavrilova of Australia 7-5, 6-4; No. 10 Angelique Kerber of Germany defeated No. 24 Elena Vesnina of Russian Federation 7-5, 6-2; and American Danielle Collins continued her run with a 6-4, 6-4 win over fellow wild card Sofya Zhuk of Russian Federation.